Witham Navigable Drains

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IWA Branch

Lincolnshire Branch

Navigation Authority

Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board
47 Norfolk Street
BOSTON
PE21 6PP

Tel: 01205 310099
Fax: 01205 311282

drainage@w4idb.co.uk

Accessed from the River Witham via Anton’s Gowt Lock, this network, as its name implies, is a remote and complicated system of drainage channels, some of which are still navigable.  Bridge heights vary, details are complicated and – except for the route into Boston – local knowledge is required for cruising them.  IWA’s Lincolnshire Branch can provide this.  There are two locks in use along these waterways, which run for about 40 miles, depending on the route.

Antons Gowt Lock

Length

Beam

Height

Draught

72ft

14ft

Variable

3ft +

21.94m

4.2m

 

0.91m


Cowbridge Lock

Length

Beam

Height

Draught

70f

9ft

Variable

3ft +

21.33m

2.74m

 

0.91m

Boaters’ Services

Boatyards

Boston Marina
Repairs, diesel, gas, cranage, chandlery
5 – 7 Witham Bank East, BOSTON, PE21 9JU
Tel: 01205 364420

Visitor Attractions

Boston Stump
St Botolph’s Church, Market Place, BOSTON
Tel: 01205 362992

Historical Information

Some of the drains are improved streams, but most are man-made cuts dug to drain the fens.  In the past, these drains were used to transport agricultural produce. 

IWA’s Lincolnshire Branch has proposed restoration of East Fen Lock, which would provide access to 12 miles of Hobhole and other formerly navigable drains, but there has been no recent progress on this scheme.

Further Information

For books, maps, guides, videos, DVDs and gift on this waterway click here

Websites

This is Lincolnshire

Local government links

Lincoln City Council

Lincolnshire County Council



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